When your child participates in sports activities, bumps and bruises are inevitable, but when those blows effect a child’s head it is important to pay attention for a possible concussion. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions, are any blow to the head which disrupts normal brain function.
When allowed to heal properly, concussions are generally not serious and the child can usually return to playing sports. If the brain is not allowed proper time to heal and the child suffers subsequent injury, the child may suffer permanent brain damage, coma, or even death. TBI is the leading cause of death from sports-related injuries. It is critical to pay attention if your child experiences a hit or jolt to the head during practice or play. Some concussions cause loss of consciousness immediately, but most do not. Take note, it is possible to have a concussion and not even realize it.
A bump or hit to the head does not automatically constitute a concussion, so it is important to pay attention to your athlete’s behavior after he or she suffers a blow.
If you think your child may have a concussion, seek immediate medical help. A healthcare provider can examine your child to determine how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for him or her to resume activities such as sports. Athletes are often celebrated for or even encouraged to “tough it out” and keep playing; however, if your child has experienced a concussion, he or she should not return to play until the brain is fully healed, to avoid possible reinjury, potential brain damage or even death.
A concussion can seem scary, and common when participating in contact sports, however, most make a full recovery after proper healing.
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